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The a cappella entrepreneurs of Da Vinci’s Notebook present the Arlington A Cappella Festival, which showcases three top groups for a vocal-music weekend. Each outfit on the bill has won the Harmony Sweepstakes—the Oscars of bandless singing. Orlando’s Toxic Audio blew the roof off Lisner Auditorium at last year’s contest with incredibly convoluted arrangements and clever, acrobatic, skitlike presentations. Similarly, NYC’s Minimum Wage offers nearly as much comedy as singing, and its members are not afraid to wear silly hats. Of gospel-jazz group Naturally Seven, DVN’s Storm DiCostanzo says, “Obviously, they’re one better than Take 6,” adding, “You don’t want to miss seeing a group that dresses as sharp as they do.” Having witnessed one fabulously entertaining night of a cappella at the Harmony Sweepstakes, I can say that twice as much will be four times as swell. Tonight the festival features Toxic Audio. On Saturday, Oct. 21, check out Minimum Wage and Naturally Seven. The singing kicks off at 8 p.m. tonight at the Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. $20. (703) 228-6960. (Dave Nuttycombe)